This month I had the pleasure of hearing an up-and-coming DJ duo perform a set at our TEG Annual Retreat and I would like to introduce you to this duo from Los Angeles – Mind Funk. Although they have only been performing together since late 2010, they have already had the opportunity to play at some of the better known venues in the Los Angeles area including Exchange LA,Dim Mak,Playhouse,Vanguard, and Belasco alongside artists like Fedde Le Grand,Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano,Tritonal,Aly and Fila,Christopher Lawrence, and Jaytech.
In just about one month, their latest track, B.O.T.D (Bring On The Drums) already has gotten over 23,000 plays. Hitting dance floors around the world, this Progressive House track incorporates Electro and Big Room sounds. It’s definitely worth a listen, and to boot, can be downloaded for free on their SoundCloud page here.
In my option, Mind Funk stands out from the rest of the crowd of DJ’s and producers because of their uncanny knack to predict the newest trends in the genre that they focus on, and as a result able to bring the newest sounds to the stage and in their tracks. Even more so, their mixing style keeps the dance floor moving and engaged. They are a blast to see live, or listen to on your mp3 player.
Roger Sanchez is an American icon. There, we said it. With a career spanning two decades, Roger was at forefront of the house music revolution in the 80s and early 90s. He has outlasted many though the genre’s transformations into the multiple offshoots we know today. Through it all, his grace, passion, skill, professionalism, and of course his stellar productions, have spanned generations and brought the sound of the New York underground to dance floors around the globe. Where others have come and gone, the S-Man (an alter ego dating back to 1992) has given us both underground rhythms and chart-busting anthems.
His new single, S-Man Feat. GTO – 2 Close brings that unique mix of early 90s rhythm programming, keyboards, bass lines and warm kicks to today’s house music mix. There’s been a return to some of the classic sounds of house as of late, but given Roger’s history of developing the sounds today’s producers are copying, it’s not a stretch at all for him to put out another timeless record that will be on the USB 3.0 sticks to house music DJs around the world. He’s pursuing a deeper, darker tone and texture as S-Man, a moniker he’s bringing back that differentiates this release from his more traditional, more polished songs.
Roger is also embarking on a U.S. tour with a stop in Montreal, after a summer spent assaulting the decks in Ibiza. He’ll be mostly on the East Coast through December with a date in L.A., so catch him where you can.
Expertly curated and mixed by DJ Tony Z, the Netmix Global House Sessions Podcast Episode 16 features new music from Calvin Harris, Basement Jaxx and Duke Dumont. We’ve also go the remix of the classic, “Everybody Be Somebody” by Ruffnex and a remix of Terrence Parker “When Loves The Feeling” by Kenny Summit and Lenny RX. This mix starts off uptempo and fun and then ends up a little deeper with a sexy vibe.
The world’s hottest dance label, Ultra Records/Sony Music releases Mystique – “Brand New” on 8/22. The song is available for download on Beatport.com. This is a House track that will be sure to shake up the end of the summer parties in Ibiza. The video’s not yet available, but there’s a preview from Mystique’s YouTube channel, which we’ve got for your below.
For you twenty-somethings, the vocal sample, “You make me feel brand new,” was most likely resung by a session vocalist and that voice was put through and effects processor. The original idea comes from a classic slow jam by The Stylistics, a Philly soul group from the late 60s and early 70s.